Recap: Secret Wars and Cut & Paste Creative Battles in the Lower East Side
There was a double-header of creative battles in the Lower East Side last weekend. Secret Wars and Cut & Paste combined forces at the Angel Orensanz Foundation. The turn-of-the-century synagogue turned event space made for an epic backdrop for the events, illuminated in purple lights with cob-webs covering the fixtures in honor of Halloween.
The world’s premier live art battle event, Secret Wars was back in NYC for the 2011 competition. Secret Wars began in London in 2006, the brainchild of the Monorex creative agency, who now stages the competition in over a dozen cities across the globe including Berlin, Lisbon, Copenhagen, Dublin, and Amsterdam. This year two teams went head to head equipped with black markers and 90 minutes to create the best work they can on a large MDF wall to better their competition. This years teams consist of CERN, Mike Die, and SeeOne versus NEVER, Crystal Clarity, and Vicki Pages (the former team prevailing).
Cut & Paste, the global digital design competition known for its lively onstage battles followed the Secret Wars competition. Unlike submission-based design contests, this tournament is a battle where emerging designers flex their skills before a live audience. It requires competitors to rapidly perform as their computer displays their project onto large screens. Competition rounds are 15-20 minutes each, fast and furious. You can check out all of the final entries on the Cut & Paste website and you can check out 12ozProphet’s photos from the event below.
Secret-Wars-Cut-Paste-2.jpg” border=”0″ style=”max-width:400px;” class=”gc-images” />
Photo: Raf (unless otherwise noted)